Working on researching your genealogy? Let the Library help with specialized research databases, reference sources at the Library, and dozens of genealogy-related websites selected by our expert staff. Some databases require a Wichita Public Library card.
With more than 25,000 volumes, Wichita Public Library's genealogy collection is one of the largest in the region.
Our Genealogy Collection is located in the Edward & Elizabeth Burns Historical Research Pavilion on the second floor of the Advanced Learning Library. The Research Pavilion has the same operating hours as the rest of the building.
Our collection includes:
The Kansas Reference Collection contains many books of interest to genealogists. The history and biography sections are the most likely to be helpful to genealogists.
A limited amount of research may be possible via email and mail queries.
Typical research requests include:
Library staff do not provide census research.
A fee of $5 per half-hour for research will be charged, with a one-hour limit of research time spent per inquiry. Photocopies are an additional $0.25 each. Customers will be billed regardless of results. Invoices will be sent out with any results found; timely payment is appreciated.
Please be as thorough as possible when writing a request; exact dates, names, and other details are almost always necessary to find information. These requests will be filled as staff time allows.
Send email queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send mail queries to:
Wichita Public Library
Attn. Mail Research
711 W. 2nd
Wichita, KS 67203
The library prefers that you include a business-size self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request.